Report: Barcelona manager Xavi in regular talks with Chelsea player

Report: Xavi is now regularly speaking to £150k-a-week Chelsea player, as Barcelona line up summer move

Barcelona manager Xavi is reportedly in discussions with Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta.

According to Sport, Xavi has been having regular conversations with the 32-year-old Blues defender.

With Azpilicueta’s contract at Stamford Bridge expiring at the end of the season, he’s free to negotiate a new deal with a foreign club. In addition, there is the complication that Chelsea are currently banned from discussing contract extensions with current players due to government sanctions.

Barcelona have reportedly already lined up a summer move for Azpilicueta by offering him a three-year deal at Camp Nou. Chelsea have a clause in the Spaniard’s current contract to extend it, but it’s unclear on if they can activate that during ongoing restrictions.

The £150,000-a-week Blues star has been an amazing servant during a decade at the club, which is why losing him in the summer would be a significant blow. He’s still a vital part of Thomas Tuchel’s squad right now, too.

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Mr Versatile at Chelsea

Azpilicueta’s versatility to play at right-back, centre-back or left-back makes him invaluable to the Chelsea squad. It’s the fact he can play each position to a top standard, too.

He’s played a variety of roles during 35 appearances across all competitions this season, scoring two goals and making three assists in the process.

His professionalism on and off the pitch is a big reason why he’s the club skipper. It’s a tall order for any of his teammates to replace him.

Xavi is rebuilding a new Barcelona side to try help them return to their glory years and Azpilicueta would be a really shrewd addition to his squad.

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Dom is a Chelsea supporter who has worked in online publishing for more than six years. Graduated from Staffordshire University in 2016, he now writes exclusively for The Chelsea Chronicle covering news, analysis and match coverage. He enjoys the dream position of writing about his boyhood club, which seems to be involved in more drama every single day than an episode of The Bill. Aside from his love for Chelsea, he supports and follows the England cricket team. He also fancies himself as the Sunday League version of Michael Essien.